People spend on average $1,150 per person on vacation. Taking vacations is expensive. Want to see something new and exciting with your hard earned money?

Love to travel? Hate wading through crowds of starry-eyed tourists? Try these top twelve “hidden” vacation spots.

1. Dongchuan Red Land, China

The Dongchuan Red Land is a brilliant red with blooming plants all year. This beauty in Xintian, China is unlike any other. The soil has oxidized iron and other minerals that produce this brilliant color.

2. Huacachina, Peru 

If you enjoy dune buggy rides and sand boarding, explore this little village in the southwestern desert of Peru. There are endless sand dunes all around the quaint town. 

3. Madagascar

Madagascar is still off the radar. You can find abundant and exotic wildlife in the lush rainforests. Madagascar also has some of the most scenic coastlines on the Indian Ocean along with the best beaches. You can find lemurs and humpback whales on the shoreline of Nosy Be. 

4. Guacalito De La Isla, Nicaragua

Guacalito Da La Isla has more than 30 miles of unexplored beaches.  Look for iguanas, monkeys, tropical birds and more in the pristine jungles or surf in the Pacific. The name actually translates to a secret, showing you just how off the beaten path it is.

5. Las Pozas, Mexico 

Explore this 80-acre garden with unique and beautiful sculptures. You can also view the mystical staircases, exotic wildlife, or swim in the numerous pools as you enjoy the scenery. Millionaire Edward James created this exotic spot.

6. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is now more accessible for tourists looking to explore this captivating country in Africa. Take a safari, explore local markets, or climb Erta Ale to view the best sunrise around. You can also take a trek on a camel across lakes of salt to view volcanoes.

7. Pink Lake in Australia 

You can find this breathtaking pink lake in Western Australia. The alga creates this vivid shade of pink.

8. Pingvallavatn Lake, Iceland 

Are you a diver? Check out this lake in Iceland located between Europe and North America. You can swim down between two continents—an experience that is rather unique. 

9. Salkantay Trail, Peru

If you want to explore the Andes and see Machu Picchu, take the less known Salkantay route. The beautiful Nevado Salkantay is 20,569 foot and one of the most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. 

10. Ischia Island, Italy 

If you enjoy spas, take try your hand at this natural spa in the Tyrrhenian Sea. You can explore this volcanic island and relax in the hot springs, thermal spas, and volcanic mud to restore your body and mind.

11. Lake Orta, Piedmont

While visiting Italy, you can also take a road trip to one of the most beautiful lakes even Italians may not know about. This magnificent lake is a few miles west of Maggiore. As you drive, play a little game and check out fonts on number plates along the Italian countryside. 

12. Marble Caves, Chile 

These caves are so remote that you can only get to them by boat. The circular designs are carved into sturdy marble with hints of blue and green. 

Ready to Visit These Hidden Vacation Spots?

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